4 Freedoms Coalition frames 'an epic battle for democracy'

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., gives a keynote address during the 2020 Four Freedoms Coalition event at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Markey will reprise his role Sunday during this year's event via Zoom.

PITTSFIELD — The non-partisan Four Freedoms Coalition, made up of over 150 nonprofits, businesses and elected officials, will hold its fifth annual gathering on Sunday.

The event, which will be held via Zoom due to pandemic restrictions, begin at 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The program features speakers and performers, including U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, who will be the keynote speaker. 

Other speakers and performers include Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer; Williams College Chaplain Imam Sharif Rosen; state Sen. Adam Hinds; singer Wanda Houston; youth activist Sadiya Quetti-Goodson; Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch of Temple Anshe Amunim; drummer Jerome Edgerton; Berkshires NAACP President Dennis Powell; and musicians Jason Ennis and Natalia Bernal.

Since its formation in December 2016, the Four Freedoms Coalition has organized an annual gathering in January to bring together the Berkshires community to stand up against bigotry and prejudice, and for the four freedoms outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. They are freedom from want, freedom from fear, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.

For more information or to register, visit 4freedomscoalition.org.